Ehen, you recall the E’spiration series I said I would start…
Ok, here goes Episode One.
Inspiration FM is an absolute inspiration. Pun intended. I know I did that post on Inspiraton FM and values where I knocked them some but truth is, half the time, they rock. Three people that totally make it worth it for me have to be Dan foster, Titi and of course Wanawana.
Wanawana is my absolutely FAVE. ‘Sharing life issues’ by 7pm is like RADIO’S BEST PROGRAM in Nigeria. Wana has the BEST voice on radio yo!!!
So use your phone to listen to SLI daily at 7pm on @IFM923 and stop filling your head with so much nonsense on radio by half baked, ignorant, fake sounding Presenters.
Wanawana on Inspiration FM is my first inspiration today.
One lady I am also hugely inspired by is Chimamanda Adichie. (On tuesday night, I dreamt about a whole day spent hanging out with Adichie. I wore her out after I was done picking her brains. We had a good time but she was WORN looool. I will be meeting her soon real life though. Whoop!!! )
(Isn’t her hubby Ivara totally drop dead? loool)
If you know me, you know that. Although I don’t swallow all she says wholesale, she definitely makes a lot of sense most of the time.
So when these two ladies Adichie and Wana, come together… Aha!!!
So on sharing life issues a coupla months back, Wanawana interviewed Adichie. It was a super amazing interview. Most people in Nigeria generally don’t know how to interview Adichie, sadly. And Adichie doesn’t know how to suffer fools gladly. They always ask her silly questions and she actually has this mild sarcastic way of answering them. But Wanawana did a FABTASTIC job abeg. I am sure Adichie was impressed too.
No I am not about to give you the transcript or gist here if you missed it. I have something even better. I have the audio clip here for you. I got it off Wana’s blog. I think if you click around you on the blog, you can download it.
Adichie talks about almost EVERYTHING… Her writings, tips for writers, her writing workshop for budding writers, family, fake accents, history, makeup, online shopping, hair (of course), values, tribe, being yourself, adultery and cheating, Lagos syndrome etc. She kinda has it covered with this interview
Ok moving on…
I love to read. Ah!!! I don’t really need human company like many others because I find a companion in books. I can read anywhere, anytime and any SENSIBLE thing. Reading is what makes me stay up late into the night.
I feel particularly blessed that my workplace has an amazing up-to-date library, complete with old and new books, where I can satisfy my book-love. I am currently reading Achebe’s Arrow of God.
Yup, I am strange like that.
I especially love reading conveniently, especially on my phone. Imagine my joy when I discovered our very own ‘Nigerian kindle’ in OKADA BOOKS.
Okadabooks is a free app on android that gives you like a zillion books free. Mostly Nigerian books.
A lot are free. Some have free parts and then you have to purchase the complete book at ridiculously cheap prices… N10, N20 etc. How cool is that?
Yup, I had to use the screen that shows Adichie’s books because they just came to Okada. Parts of course. (About a whooping 150 pages). Something to whet your appetite enough to go and buy yours. I also love the transcript of THE DANGER OF A SINGLE STORY. Amazing TEDtalkby Adichie. I can recite that one by heart walahi. I had to learn it when I was going to partake in an oratory competition in school then (Super bowl) That talk makes so much sense.
Let me tell you what reading does to you. It stimulates your mental faculty. Kinda oils your brains and keeps it functioning. Some people’s brain cells are just too dry and dated. It will soon catch fire. Hehehe.
So if you have a smartphone that works with Play store (Sorry this is one time to hate BB), download Okadabooks for free and download plenty free books that cover a lot of genres… Comedy, business, fiction, love and romance, asoebi and lagos parties, Nigerian life, yahoo yahoo, runs girls, big girls, Spirituality, politics… Mehn, Okadabooks got you COVERED. One of my fave fictions has to be Tunde Leye’s BROKEN MIRRORS. It is a really long book but I recommend it because it tells a really emotional story.
So this is this week’s E’spiration.
Read and listen to the right things…
If you have more E’spirational stuff to share, use the comment button or do me an email email@example.com
PS; Next week, I would be focusing on students. Especially University students.
I get quite some emails and messages with young people asking me how I made it through school and stuff with great grades and generally how to get the best out of Uni years. I would get two or so of my friends who made best graduating student or First class degrees and are making sense in the world today to share with us.
So we are taking this BACK TO SCHOOL!!! Because I strongly believe that there is a GREEN in SCHOOL and SCHOOL ROCKS
Has anyone noticed WP has started acting up with pictures and their alignment. GOSH, It just scatters the pictures and words and scrambles it all up. I had to keep arranging and arranging. I can only pray that when this Post gos live, it would come out just right. Also WP started adding rubbish numbers and codes to the start of posts when you publish and you will just be wondering how it got here. Very annoying. WordPress, abeg eh. I have made too much mouth about you ooo. Don’t let Blogger/Blogspot people yab us ooo.